Unlocking an iPhone can be a pain, especially if you forget your pass code — hey, it happens. With that in mind, however, Apple is apparently looking in to ways to unlocking your phone much easier with the iPhone 6.
According to a recent patent filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), a new piece of technology would sense a users specific location, and adjust the device’s security settings.
“In a use example, the device identifies available aspects at a location and determines whether the available aspects match a previously defined location context,” the patent filing read. “If the available aspects match the previously defined location context, device behavior, configurations, or settings on a mobile device can be modified.”
The filing continued: “Because some locations may be inherently more secure, such as a user’s home or office, these locations may be considered ‘safe’ and require less stringent security. It can be desirable to have decreased security requirements when the mobile device is at a secure location.”
This patent could work both ways. If the phone can make it’s security settings more lenient based on location, then the phone could easily be able to up its security measurements if its in an unfamiliar place.
“In these locations, it can be desirable to implement stronger security protections. When the mobile device is in an unsecure location (e.g., public location such as cafes or shopping centers), security requirements can be increased.”
The patent was filed in December 2012, but was just awarded last week. With the iPhone 6 reportedly set to go into production soon, it may be too late to implement the feature into the newest flagship phone from Apple.
Then again, Apple could have been expecting the patent to be granted all along, and had the feature installed from the get-go. Fans will just have to wait until the phone is officially announced later this year.
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